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General presentation


My name is Jean-Baptiste Kempf and my nickname is jb or j-b, in the VideoLAN community.

I am one of the main VLC media player developer and the president of the VideoLAN non-profit organization.

My personal website explains a bit more who I am and what I do.


I graduated in one of the best 'Grandes Ecoles', best scientific schools and universities in France: the "Ecole Centrale Paris".

My degree "Ingénieur de l'école Centrale Paris", which is also a Master's Degree.

I also earned a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Paris.


I have been working on the VideoLAN project in many aspects since 2006 and I am very involved, doing a large variety of things, not only development.

As a developer, I mostly program Qt4 interface. I also work a lot on contribs and external libraries and FourCC supports. I have built VLC media player on most possible platform (no BeOS, though).

As a non-developer, I moderate e-mails, worked a lot on this wiki (almost rewritten it with User:H2g2bob), answer forums and mails, work on the websites and help on IRC. As you can imagine, I do a lot of support.

jb (at) videolan (d0t) org is my mail, related to VideoLAN. My Website (far from being finished) is my website.

Use my talk page to talk to me or give me some TODOs.


I have rewritten a lot of pages on this wiki, and I have more than 1000 edits on this wiki.


I am known under 'j-b', 'jb' on all the VideoLAN Sites.


These are my tips to help you build the best VLC ever. I use debian/sid, for many reasons.

External libraries

apt-get build-dep vlc libdvdcss2

apt-get install nasm yasm libasm-dev


 git clone git://
 cd vlc; ./bootstrap 
 cd extras;

x264 (optional)

 git clone git:// x264-trunk
 cd x264-trunk; ./configure --prefix=/usr; make

live555 (optional)

tar xvzf live555-latest.tar.gz
cd live

sh genMakefiles linux;

ffmpeg (mandatory)

cd vlc-trunk/extras
git clone git:// ffmpeg
cd ffmpeg

ffmpeg configure line

./configure --prefix=/usr --enable-gpl --enable-pthreads --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libfaac --enable-nonfree

VLC configure line

mkdir build && cd build && ../configure --prefix=/usr \
        --enable-snapshot --enable-debug \
        --enable-dbus-control --enable-musicbrainz \
        --enable-shared-libvlc --enable-mozilla \
        --enable-lirc \
        --enable-live555 --with-live555-tree=../extras/live \
        --enable-x264 --with-x264-tree=../extras/x264-trunk \
        --enable-shout --enable-taglib \
        --enable-v4l --enable-cddax \
        --enable-dvb --enable-vcdx \
        --enable-realrtsp --enable-xvmc \
        --enable-svg   --enable-dvdread \
        --enable-dc1394 --enable-dv \
        --enable-theora --enable-faad \
        --enable-twolame --enable-real \
        --enable-flac --enable-tremor \
        --with-ffmpeg-mp3lame --with-ffmpeg-faac \
        --enable-quicktime --enable-dirac \
        --enable-skins2 --enable-qt4 \
        --enable-ncurses \
        --enable-aa --enable-caca \
        --enable-esd --enable-portaudio \
        --enable-jack --enable-xosd \
        --enable-galaktos --enable-goom \
        --enable-ggi \
        --disable-cddax --disable-vcdx

sudo make install


apt-get build-dep vlc

apt-get install libtool automake autoconf ffmpeg